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MDC Earth Ethics Institute to Host Sustainability Symposium, Campus Green Fairs and Lectures March 14-28

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Miami, March 5, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Earth Ethics Institute, in collaboration with Campus Green Teams and the Student Life Department,  will host two Green Fairs, and a series of lectures and workshops on topics related to the environment and sustainability, beginning Wednesday, March 14 through March 28, at several campuses.  

The Green Fairs being held at the Kendall and North Campuses (March 14 and March 28) will feature a variety of activities and vendor exhibits, such as table garden planting, product giveaways, demonstrations, and more.

The Fairs are an opportunity for the community to learn about local natural areas and meet organizations with expertise in managing the environment’s resources.

Participating vendors will include the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, Miami-Dade County Solid Waste Management, South Florida Commuter Services, Biscayne National Park, the South Florida Water Management District, the Sierra Club, Young Friends of the Everglades, Earth Energy Solutions, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods, and many others.    

There will also be a shower head and compact florescent light bulb giveaway during the Green Fairs, but attendees must bring one of their old items for an even exchange. 

The Kendall Campus will kick-off its series of events on Wednesday, March 14 with a Sustainability Symposium featuring Cynthia Barnett, an award-winning journalist and author as the keynote speaker. She has reported on freshwater issues from the Suwannee River to Singapore, and is the author of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, the first book to call for a water ethic for America. Her previous book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida book awards. Barnett, who has worked for newspapers and magazines for 25 years, is a senior writer at Florida Trend, where she covers investigative, environmental, and public policy and business stories.  

Here’s a list of all events at MDC campuses: 

Kendall Sustainability Symposium and Green Fair
Wednesday, March 14 at Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th Street, Room K413
9-9:50 a.m.: Sustainability 101 with Jose Guntin
10-10:50 a.m. Keynote presentation: Toward a Water Ethic with Cynthia Barnett
11-11:50 a.m.: Student’s Point of View on Sustainability with Fabiola Cordova and Isabel Barrios
Green Fair, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Building 2, Breezeway                                              
Sculpture Unveiling, Noon, Garden Plaza in front of Building 6
Recycle Fashion Show, Noon, Garden Plaza in front of Building 6

Unmaking of America’s Water Crisis (Lecture by Cynthia Barnett)
Thursday, March 15 at North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Avenue
11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room A-104 

Celebrating Earth Mother: A Symposium on Sustainability
Friday March 16 at Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., downtown Miami, Bldg. 7, Rm. 7128
8-8:50 a.m.: Environmental Racism and the Nuclear Waste Storage Crisis with Kristin Borgwald
9-9:50 a.m.: Expression as a Vehicle for Well-Being Art making, Art Consumption and Promoting a State of Being Well with Claudia Scalise
10-10:50 a.m. Keynote presentation: Toward a Water Ethic for Florida and the U.S. with Cynthia Barnett
11-11:50 a.m. Towards a Sustainable South Florida: Everglades Restoration with Mark Kraus
Noon–12:30 p.m. Student Poster Display and 12:30–1:15 p.m. Interactive Music/Poetry Improvisation (Bldg. 2, Rm. 2106)  
1:30-4:30 p.m. WORKSHOP: Toward a Water Ethic for Florida and the U.S.*
*(MDC faculty will receive five hours of professional development credit upon completion of this workshop).

Green Fair at North Campus
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 28
MDC North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Building 3, Breezeway 

 

For more information the Sustainability Symposium/Workshops and Campus Green Fairs, contact Colleen Ahern-Hettich at 305-237-3796.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist




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